The stone fireplace is a style that can define any room of your home.
No matter what style of fireplace you have, wood burning, coal, or gas,
stone can completely change the look, for the better. If you have an
older fireplace, professionals can change out your dark brick for a
beautiful stone finish of your choice. Whatever your preference,
whether you like traditional or something more on the ornate side,
stone is classy and elegant.
You can have stone added to the entire fireplace or just portions such
as the surround, mantle, or hearth. Every fireplace has its own
personality so work with various combinations to determine which one
compliments your room best. When you have stone designed for your
fireplace, the carving is actually performed using hand hammers and
chisels. Working with stone is a precise art form and for this reason,
should be done by a professional.
Stone offers high quality, durability, and an updated, classy look.
The range of styles is amazing. If you are considering having the
appearance of your fireplace changed, take a good photo and accurate
measurements with you to determine the best type of stone and cost.
The most popular choices for stone include limestone, granite, marble,
slate, and travertine. Limestone is porous and gives a fireplace a
country or aged look. Granite is the hardest material used for this
type of application and is easy to clean and care for. Marble is by
far the most popular choice, primarily due to the amazing patterns and
colors. Not quite as hard as granite, marble is still a great option.
Slate provides a rustic look and comes in various thicknesses. You can
choose from either a cleft or a honed finish, both of which are nice.
There are drawbacks to slate in that it requires more maintenance and
can stain easily. Finally, travertine actually starts as a porous
limestone, which is then filled. One of the main components of
travertine is calcium carbonate, which is actually formed by using
the calcium from hot springs.
When it comes to fireplace stone, consider the room the fireplace is
located in, will there be children setting things on the stone or
knocking things over, and are you looking for something simple or